Earlier this week, Michael Snyder of the Economic Collapse Blog, published a piece entitled, 23 Percent of Americans In Their Prime Working Years Are Unemployed.
This percentage includes “those that are looking for a job and those that are not looking for a job” – and adds up to 28.9 million people.
Many of the “active” (those looking for jobs) American adults, between the ages of 25-54, are without employment because of an inability to find work.
Reports show the unemployment rate has fallen. But, high numbers of working-age adults are still on the search for a job.
I know from personal experience. I’m a part of this demographic.
Upon reading Snyder’s piece, I reflected on the struggle so many of us (especially those of us in our 20s and 30s) face when it comes to finding traditional work.
I couldn’t help it.
I’ve had a lengthy struggle of my own with landing a job after college and more recently, after care giving – despite possessing what I thought were assets: education, skills, and (some) experience.
I understand what it means to:
- Reach out to professionals for career advice,
- Scour niche and general job boards for opportunities,
- Research companies for insight and information,
- Prepare customized cover letters and resumes,
- Follow-up on opportunities,
- Wait for responses,
- Interview for jobs,
- Wait for responses again, and
- Receive rejections.
I also understand what it means to:
Prepare for a career with the hope of entering your chosen profession and succeeding. Then, things don’t happen as planned.
Altogether, this jobless plight has been my reality. I personally understand the difficulties of landing a job.
And, I know it isn’t the result of a lack of aspiration and diligence or an abundance of entitlement in many cases – although people speculate these things.
Note I said in many cases because there might indeed be some who lack aspiration and diligence. There might indeed be some who feel entitled to jobs.
But, it isn’t all us.
You see: many of us amongst the prime working-age group went to college (and graduate school) and want to work. We thought the job would come after our college graduation. But then, the graduation came and went – with no job prospects.
There are others of us who were out of the workforce for years caring for someone (which is a “job” by the way). But, the journey to reenter the workforce hasn’t been an easy one.
I fall into both categories. I transitioned from college to unemployment and from care giving to unemployment.
With little to no “success.”
Not a job offer in hand.
I’m not complaining, but I agree with Snyder on the following:
“The issue isn’t that people don’t want to work. The issue is that people cannot find enough work.”
If this isn’t enough, then there are also decreasing incomes and benefits for the employed. In the words of Snyder:
“Tens of millions of Americans are now among the ranks of ‘the working poor.’ So many families are watching their expenses soar while their paychecks go down or stagnate.”
So, it’s safe to conclude: unemployment and underemployment are increasing while job security is decreasing. Sadly, a decent, full-time job with full health coverage is no longer the norm here.
And, when a college or graduate school graduate can’t get a retail or fast food “survival job,” you know it’s a problem.
According to Snyder, things won’t get any better either. Ponder his words:
“. . . we never really had any sort of meaningful “economic recovery”, and now we have entered the early phases of the next major downturn.”
The struggle with unemployment will become a real experience for others in the future. Unemployment is rising everywhere.
The Guardian reports:
“The International Labour Organization predicts unemployment will rise by about 2.3 million this year to 199.4 million, and that 1.1 million will be added to the global count in 2017, taking joblessness to more than 200 million for the first time on record.”
Proof is all around.
Have you noticed the increase in layoffs? They’re becoming common.
And, it’s becoming harder to land a job – even a low-paid job. The challenge will continue in the future too.
I don’t know how society or individual families will handle these changes to come. But, what I do know is: the job search of today – and the future – requires (and will require) these top 3 traits:
- Faith. Faith to move forward believing you’ll land a job or some type of position – despite what it looks like economically.
- Courage. Courage to keep doing everything you can to land a job when you’re embarked on a prolonged job search filled with constant rejections.
- Patience. Patience to keep going forward in the job search process, especially when you see little to no results.
You can check out Michael Snyder’s full post here:
Michael Snyder, 23 Percent of Americans In Their Prime Working Years Are Unemployed │ The Economic Collapse